Filner whistleblowers speak out after resignation

Trio revealed details from private meeting

SAN DIEGO - The trio who blew the whistle on sexual harassment accusations against Bob Filner is speaking out.

Attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs and former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye spoke with 10News' media partner KPBS and for the first time, started their story from the moment they met privately Filner and explained the sexual harassment accusations.

"I walked away feeling like I was in the twilight zone," said Gonzalez. "The mayor admitted to a lot of behaviors that were inappropriate for a mayor, but he also said that he would fix things."

Next, they went public -- stunning San Diego with the news.

"We weren't waiting to go public with lurid details," said Briggs. "We wrote private letters to Bob, saying, you know what we're talking about, now it's time to do the right thing."

Following that announcement, they say other women with stories of harassment came pouring in.

"Literally within minutes of leaving the podium, Cory's and my phones were blowing up," said Gonzalez.

Then Filner spoke in a video statement, saying," And I've reached into my heart and soul, and realized I must and will change my behavior."

It was another month or so before the uncomfortable goodbye from Filner, where he still did not own up.

"I never sexually harassed anyone," he said.

Some people seemed to support him on his way out.

"I'm not particularly sympathetic to the conspiracy theorists because they're absurd," said Frye.

She says anyone still in Filner's corner needs to wake up.

"He did not know how to treat people," Frye said. "He abused his power and he sexually harassed women. I think they need to come to grips with reality."

Frye said she made the accusations public and did not file a complaint because she was afraid the mayor would make it all disappear.

KPBS will air the full interview on Monday.

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